Date(s) - 10/03/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist


Brad Benson of the Aspen Ski Patrol will be special guest speaker

In honor of world animal welfare day on Oct. 4, Two Rivers UU celebrates all that our four-legged, furry, finny and feathered friends do for us – right up to saving our lives! It’s our annual Blessing of the Animals.

This year’s focus is on service animals, and our special guests will be Brad Benson of the Aspen Ski Patrol and his avalanche rescue dog Zaugg. Brad will speak to us about the training and services provided by alpine rescue dogs. (Zaugg is a pretty cool character, a celebrity in the Roaring Fork Valley, and he may or may not choose to chime in.)

Susan Proctor and Stormy

We will also welcome another animal celebrity, Stormy the llama, accompanied by llama mama Susan Proctor. Now retired, Stormy is a Colorado champion llama.

Live Music and Animal Blessings

Because all god’s critters got a place in the choir, Music Director Jimmy Byrne will perform, inviting all to clap their hands, their paws, their fins or anything they got now! Reverend Jane Keener-Quiat will provide animal blessings and Nicolette Toussaint will either be worship leader or ring leader, whichever proves most appropriate.

Free, Outdoors & Kid-Friendly

It’s outdoors, so feel free to bring the kids to enjoy the live music and any moveable pets to be blessed by Rev. Jane Keener-Quiat. If you have pets that don’t enjoy car rides or travel well, you’re welcome to bring a photo instead. We’re also happy to bless stuffed animals.

This year, for the first time, the event will be held in Carbondale at Third Street Center.

About the Blessing of the Animals Tradition

Blessing of the Animals services occupy a special place of joy and reverence in the Unitarian-Universalist calendar, and we’re happy to be back in person and kid-friendly. (Last year, we had to hold the event online and invite our dogs and cats to Zoom-bomb the proceedings.) We’re tail-waggin’ happy to be back.


The service is outdoors, free and open to the public. Children are welcome to attend. Due to Covid danger, we will practice social distancing (a llama-length apart) and mask-wearing is encouraged.

GENERAL INFO ABOUT IN-PERSON & ZOOM SERVICES: Our 10 am, Sunday morning service is always accessible via Zoom, and at least once a month, we meet in person. The in-person services are always labeled as live on this website.

IN-PERSON SAFETY: TRUU is having live services at Third Street Center at least once a month. Fully vaccinated people are welcome to attend these indoor services. In addition, those who are not vaccinated, feel at high risk and those who can’t easily get here are welcome to watch our services Sunday mornings at 10am via Zoom. Videos of our services will also be posted here on our website, on the Sermon Archive page

ZOOM INFO:The Zoom meeting link and ID is the same every Sunday. If you would like to attend, and you don’t have access to that newsletter, you may get the login information from Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 978 9302 3273